I received the generous Fellowship covering all expenses from Vermont Studio Center and am spending the month of June/July in this beautiful corner of Vermont. My goal was to finish a couple of watercolor paintings and finish a painting. I am happy to report that not only the painting is almost finished but that I also had a chance to enjoy some beautiful nature, some new good books recommended by other resident artists (especially the writers, thank you!) and enjoy the fellowship of so many wonderful artists from all over the world. Hooray for art residencies!
AboutKira Nam Greene’s work explores female sexuality, desire and control through figure and food still-life paintings, surrounded by complex patterns. Imbuing the feminist legacies of Pattern and Decoration Movement with transnational, multicultural motifs, Greene creates colorful paintings that are unique combinations of realism and abstraction, employing diverse media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and colored pencil. Combining Pop Art tropes and transnationalism, she also examines the politics of food through the depiction of brand name food products, or junk food. Recently, Greene started a figurative painting series spurred by the 2016 Presidential Election, Women’s March, #metoo movement and ensuing crisis of conscience, this new body of work aspires to present the power of collective action by women.
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